Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
Daniel O’Connell while not an internationally recognized name, is basically the modern Irish equivalent of George Washington, sort of. That’s a big statement to make but, to much of an extent effectively true, and large swathes of the Irish citizenry would agree. We’re not necessarily the type who want to agitate and get in to a political debate so we’ll leave it at that, you can read up on O’Connell from a myriad of sources online and decide for yourself his standing.
Derrynane House is the ancestral home of the O’Connell family in general and the actual home of Daniel O’Connell when he became head of the family, although he lived in Dublin he spent most of the summer months at Derrynane and vastly improved the property. The property remained in the O’Connell family until 1948 when they transferred ownership to a trust and then subsequently gifted it to the country of Ireland and the Irish people and became a museum that officially opened in 1967. The last O’Connell to live on the property was Daniel’s great-grandaughter Fannie, who left in 1958.
The first, original house on the property was built in 1702 and had to be demolished in the 1960’s for safety sake. The remaining buildings that are there today were the structures built by Daniel O’Connell.
The museum tour is quite fun, the caretakers are lovely people who have quite a fondness for Daniel and will happily regale any visitor with stories and the history of the home and the Irish independence movement.
You can either do a self guided walk through tour or you can go with one of the helpful docents. In total maybe it’s 45 minutes tops to see the whole house and walk the grounds. Infinitely more doable than Muckross House and a great stop on the Ring Of Kerry.